Buying Your First Franking Machine: What You Need to Know

Buying a Franking Machine

So, the amount of business mail your company sends out has grown to the point where you've decided it's time to buy your first mail franking machine. Congratulations. It appears as though things are doing quite well. That said, we encourage you to not make the mistake of buying the first franking machine you come across. Choosing the right kind of machine could mean great things for your mailroom; the wrong machine can be a disaster.

Mail franking machines are a lot like cars. There are lots of different models with varying features and price points. At IMS Franking, we want you to make the right decision. Here is what you need to know as you begin the shopping process:

Mailmark® Is Where It's At

Royal Mail's Mailmark® scheme was introduced a couple of years ago to bring business mail into the 21st century. Anyone looking to purchase a new franking machine should not even consider one that is not compatible with the Mailmark® platform.

Mailmark® gives business mail customers access to the cheapest postal rates available. It also includes technology for easier mail tracking, accounting, and mail list maintenance. It makes no sense to buy a franking machine that is not Mailmark® compatible.

Speed and Volume

Franking machines offer varying speeds and volumes. What many business owners do not understand is that volume and speed are not necessarily commensurate. You could have a machine that puts out a tremendously high volume of mail but does so rather slowly. The opposite is also true.

It pays to sit down and analyse current mail volume along with projections for the future. Then determine how quickly mail needs to be processed for a typical run. With good ideas of both, it will be easier to choose a machine with the right combination of volume and speed.

Size and Weight

The size and weight of business mail pieces is also important. If your company sends letters only, you will not need a machine with a higher size and weight capacity. On the other hand, frequently sending parcels would suggest a larger machine is in order. Such machines come with built-in scales to ensure the right amount of postage is purchased.

Bottom Line Price

Lastly, bottom line price should never be the single most important factor when buying a franking machine. Remember that the machine you purchase will probably be used for years to come. Buying a franking machine is an investment in your business; treat it as such.

IMS Franking has a complete inventory of Mailmark® franking machines for you to choose from. We can help you find one that's right for your business.

Why not contact us and find out what IMS can do for you?